Reagan Foundation gives $300K gift for new NHS weight room

Cary Ashby • Aug 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM

The new sport complex/weight room has a new name -- thanks to a $300,000 gift.

The Reagan All-Sports Complex will be located behind and north of Norwalk High School. During Tuesday's regular board meeting, the Norwalk City Schools board members authorized the Norwalk Boosters to begin construction.

Wilhelm Construction will start construction in about six weeks, board president John Lendrum said. By Sunday's all-school alumni reunion, stakes should be in the ground to show people where the Reagan All-Sports Complex will be built.

The Norwalk Boosters has received $300,000 from the Reagan Foundation, which was given the rights to name the new facility.

"Outside of Ernsthausen donations, this is one of the largest gifts the Norwalk City Schools has received," Lendrum said.

Boosters past president Eric Neuberger is grateful for the generous donation and soon-to-be built facility.

"It's huge for the athletes. The facility they've been lifting in is inadequate compared to other (similar) schools," said Neuberger, who equated the previous area with the size of two classrooms.

"We're grateful to Mr. Reagan for his contribution," Neuberger said.

William Reagan, who graduated from NHS in 1963, is a former Norwalk football player. Lendrum said the man's company, Reagan National Advertising, is known for its bulletin boards and advertising in Las Vegas.

Reagan National Advertising shares its experience with advertising in Las Vegas on its website, reaganoutdoor.com. Reagan also has Northern Nevada locations in Carson City and Winnemucca.

"With an exceptional tourism industry and a phenomenal growth rate, Las Vegas is a great place to do business. Our bulletin locations can help you to reach your audience throughout this ever-changing and always-surprising city," the website reads.

Before the $300,000 donation from the Reagan Foundation, the boosters had raised $430,000 in cash for the sports complex. In early November, the boosters announced that the Geotrac Foundation provided a $50,000 grant.

"The boosters want to thank the Geotrac Foundation for their $50,000 grant. This becomes the third largest gift for the project and puts the construction on schedule for a spring starting date," said Joe Widman, chairman of the sports complex committee, at the time.

Lendrum said the Reagan Foundation's gift has allowed the group to reach its goal of $558,500. None of the money comes from the school district.

The Reagan All-Sports Complex will be a 12,000 square-foot facility.

"It will have a turf area. There is open space to do running and stretching," Neuberger said.

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